As many of my friends know, I am a huge fan of audiobooks. With over 300 books in my Audible library, I have been listening to books on walks, during long road trips, and while I do the dishes for years. Although technically it could be called multi-tasking, escaping into a great audiobook removes the tedium from chores while allowing me to partake in one of my favorite pastimes.
Until recently, listening to audiobooks has mostly been a solo affair, just me, the Audible app, and my earbuds. However, during a long road-trip this winter, I discovered how great audiobooks can be for the whole family. While some kids can read, watch videos or even play games to pass the time on a long car ride, my son has inherited my tendency to get carsick. This road trip involved a lot of twisty roads too. I knew I wanted to avoid over five hours of Twenty Questions. So, over the New Year’s trip, the whole family listened to “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman. While I was initially concerned that my seven-year-old might lose track of the plot, the fantastic full-cast production available on Audible helped him stay engaged and left him asking for more listening time even after our long car trip was over.
This summer, with another big road-trip ahead of us I downloaded a new recording of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” the classic by Lewis Carrol. This version is expertly voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Her superb performance lends a distinct voice and personality to each of the many characters. From the enigmatic Cheshire Cat to the irate Queen of Hearts, the characters came to life in our minds. In addition to helping pass the time during a boring road trip, I was particularly keen to get my son and my goddaughters to listen to Alice and imagine the action before we saw Tim Burton’s next installment of Alice’s Adventures at the movies. I loved being able to ask them about what they had imagined while it was read to them and then describe how it differed from what they saw on the screen.
I also highly recommend the audio version of the Harry Potter series. Read by Jim Dale, an amazing Shakespearian actor; the action comes to life. The audio version is a particularly great option to consider if you are planning a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London and haven’t made it all the way through the series. In our family, we’ve made it a practice to read or listen to the series ahead of watching the movies too.
Lest you think I’ve entirely turned my Audible account over to my family, I’ve decided to use my next few personal selections to help me get over my “Downton Abbey” withdrawal. This summer, as I unload the dishwasher, make dinner, and clean out some closets, I’ll be listening to Dan Stevens read the Agatha Christie classics “And Then There Were None” and “Murder on the Orient Express.” If you haven’t tried Audible, their one-month free trial is a great way to try it out while you listen to a free book of your choice whether it is just for you or a selection your whole family might enjoy! If you are hooked on audiobooks, like I am, Audible’s Gold and Platinum membership options are a wonderfully affordable way to keep listening on the road and off.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.